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Our Featured Pittsfield, MA Partner:

Friends of Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter, Inc.

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

63 Downing Parkway, Downing Industrial Park
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 448-9800

http://www.pittsfieldanimals.org

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

We hold stray dogs of Pittsfield, MA. We take in surrendered dogs and cats from surrounding areas, mostly Berkshire County.

About Our Shelter:

We are a non-profit, formed by a group of animal lovers for the purpose of running the Pittsfiled MA Municipal Animal Shelter, renamed the Sonsini Shelter for a woman who championed its no-kill mission. We take in stray dogs to hold for their owners for the City. Beyond that, our mission is to find homes for strays who are not claimed and take in as many unwanted dogs and cats as we can help and find homes for. We are minimally staffed and run the shelter with the help of many dedicated volunteers. We cannot take every animal, but the animals at our shelter receive love and the care they need. Unless they are too dangerous to adopt out, or too ill to have a good quality of life, we will keep them as long as it takes to find them a good home.

Come Meet our Pets:

Our web site is www.pittsfieldanimals.org. Our open shelter hours are Tuesday & Thursday from 2-6pm, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10-2. Directions to the shelter are on our web site.

Our Adoption Process:

We have a 2 page application which requests landlord, vet and two references. Standard adoption fees are $150 for dogs, $125 for kittens, $100 for cats, though there are some lowered fees for some elderly animals, or for the adoption of 2 cats or kittens. For cats, we prefer indoor homes but will adopt cats who have outdoor experience to indoor/outdoor homes. We do not require fenced in yards for dogs, but we do try to make sure the dog is a good match to a particular family. We require that adopters call us first to return an animal if they can't keep it.

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.